Another fantasy series is heading to the small screen as Netflix is bringing us Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels. Eric Heisserer is slated to be the showrunner for the series and this was picked up from an overall Netflix deal through Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps.
The plan is for these eight episodes to adapt aspects of Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” trilogy and parts from her two “Six of Crows” novels.
Usually, Netflix gives a somewhat brief logline for their shows, and this early synopsis is actually rather lengthy:
In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive.
Joining Levy as executive producers are Bardugo, Pouya Shahbazian (the “Divergent” series), Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry for 21 Laps.
The novels come with a built-in fan base with over 2.5 million copies sold in the English language — and this doesn’t include sales in the 38 languages which these works are available in. As an added bonus to fans, a new novel is coming out later this year set in the same world titled ‘King of Scars.’
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Shadow And Bone’? Is this push for new fantasy shows by the streaming giants going to be a huge win for fans of the genre or is the market getting oversaturated with ‘The Lord of the Rings‘, ‘The Watch‘, ‘The Wheel of Time‘, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia‘, a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, and ‘The Witcher‘ among others all also in development? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The plan is to take characters from the two franchises which are both set in the Grishaverse.